Moving to Iowa
Iowa unwittingly received its best slogan from the 1988 Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams: " Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa." The movie set, a baseball diamond in a cornfield, is still a popular tourist attraction located just outside Dyersville. Iowa is nearly 90% farmland. Not surprisingly, Iowa ranks number one in pork, corn and egg production. There are now also over 50 wineries in the state.
Iowa became the 29th state in 1846. With a population of 2.9 million people, it ranks 30th in populace. The land area is 56,276 square miles making it the 26th state in size. The name Iowa comes from "Ioway," the French word for the Bah-kho-je Indian tribe that lived in the area. In the heart of the Midwest, Iowa offers four seasons of natural beauty. From the prairies to the bluffs, Iowa is a year-round playground. Hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, golfing are among the limitless outdoor activities available. National monuments, historic sites, and scenic byways offer something for everyone.
Now that you are moving to Iowa, impress your family and friends with interesting Iowa information:
State Capital is Des Moines, which is also the largest city.
State Motto: Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.
Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
Strawberry Point is the home of the world's largest strawberry, a 15-foot tall fiberglass sculpture.
State Flower is the Wild Rose.
Dubuque is home to the only county courthouse with a gold dome.
Cornell College is the only school in the nation to have its entire campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Former president Herbert Hoover was born in West Branch. He was the first president born west of the Mississippi.
State Tree is the Oak.
Marion Robert Morrison was born in Winterset in 1907. You might know him as John Wayne. $4 gets you in the 4-room house where he was born.
Iowa has 99 counties, a legacy from the time when everyone was supposed to be no more than a day's buggy ride from the county seat.
Keokuk is the winter home of the largest concentration of Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River.
Glenn Miller, noted trombonist and orchestra leader, was born in Clarinda.
Iowa is the only state name that starts with two vowels.
Campers and motor homes are manufactured in Winnebago County, hence, they are called Winnebago's.
Iowa's beehives produce nearly 2 million tons of honey.
Iowa was part of the Louisiana Purchase, a deal arranged between President Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte of France.
State Bird is the Eastern Goldfinch.
Iowa produces more ethanol per year than any other state.
State nickname is the Hawkeye State, which is also the mascot of University of Iowa in Iowa City.
Enjoy your new home Iowa!